Sailing: Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta

The Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta is back in Cabarete, Dominican Republic for its 17th annual sailing event. All aboard, sailors, the North Coast of the DR is your midwinter Laser sailing destination!

CaribWind has announced the Midwinter Regatta will take place on the 18th to the 20th January 2019. This is deliberately timed not to overlap with the big Miami Regatta on the 27th January.

There will be two classes racing, Laser Standard and Laser Radial. All members are invited to register.

Ali Barshi and his wife MJ created CaribWind in 2003. Though avid windsufers, they missed sailing and craved a place to rock up and sail with proper supervision, at any time of the year.

The couple saw the wind conditions in Cabarete as ideal for Laser sailors. The sheltered bay is perfect for sailing. The wind picks up over the course of the day, so you can be selective and sail at the time that suits your ability.

Eleven years on Ali and MJ have no regrets. The CaribWind training program is thriving. It is open to sailors and aspiring sailors of all abilities. Even if you don’t own a Laser, the team at CaribWind will sort you out with everything you need to get out on the water.

The CaribWind coaches are world-class. They take a highly personalised approach to training, focussing on the specific dynamic of the boat-sailor relationship. With their expert knowledge and analysis, you will see real improvements in your manouevers. Goal-setting is an important part of the teaching method, as you will target key skills to push your technique to the next level.

The high-quality training centre has attracted a good amount of talent over the last decade. The proof is in the pudding. An impressive four world champions, 25 Olympians, and 15 national champions have come to Cabarete to train with CaribWind’s coaches.

The deadline to register for the Regatta is midnight on the 17th January. But don’t cut it too fine!

For specific details of the event, like how to register, who is eligible, and scoring details, check out the official race announcement.

Contact Ari Barshi at with any questions about the Regatta or CaribWind’s training program. Ali will be happy to help you out!

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Sailing is just one of the many sporty adventures that Cabarete has to offer. With our consistently amazing wind conditions and reliable swell, there are so many options for watersports lovers. Kiteboarding, surfing, SUP, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving – we really do have it all!

If you’re feeling restless and in need of an active vacation, Cabarete may well be the tropical paradise destination for you!